• Birds in Kibale forest National Park
  • Primates in Kibale forest National Park
  • Other Wildlife in Kibale forest National Park
  • Flora in Kibale forest National Park
  • Ndali – Kasenda crater lakes in Kibale forest National Park

Birds in Kibale forest National Park

birds of kibale

Kibale National Park is a birders haven. Considering its range of 375 species of birds, Kibale National Park is an ideal destination for birders on birding safaris and tours in Uganda. The adjacent Bigodi wetland extension is a habitat to 138 species of birds. The combination of these two habitats derives ultimate birding safari memories for birders on Uganda safari tours. The bird species that can be encountered include; Cassin spine tail, Nahans francolin, masked apalis and Red Winged Francolin, blue-headed blue eater, White-napped Pigeon, Crested fly catcher, Red- chested fluff tail, Green- breasted Pitta, Joyful Greenbul, Yellow-billed Barbet, Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Grey winged Robbin, White-spotted Flufftail, Yellow-spotted Barbet, Hairy-breasted Barbet, White-tailed Ant-thrush, Western Nicator, Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher, Grey-winged Robin-chat, Brown-backed Scrub-robin, Brown-throated Wattle-eye, Superb Sunbird, Brown-crowned Tchagra, Black Bishop, White-breasted Negrofinch, Black-crowned Waxbill and Bocage’s Bush-shrike among other birds.

Primates in Kibale forest National Park

primates of Kibale

Always referred as the primate capital of the world, Kibale National Park has great primate concentrations that can be encountered while on safaris and tours in Uganda. Kibale National Park has 13 species of primates including; the common Chimpanzees, the endangered red colobus monkey, black and white colobus monkey, the vulnerable L’Hoest’s Monkey, red tailed monkey, blue monkey, vervet monkey, and olive baboon, grey cheeked Mangabey. Nocturnal species like pottos and bush babies also exist in the park.

Other Wildlife in Kibale forest National Park

Besides Primates, Kibale National Park is also a habitat for a range of wildlife species that can be encountered by travellers on Uganda safari tour. The wildlife species in Kibale include; elephants, buffaloes, bushbuck, Peter’s and Harvey duikers and bush pig. allanimalaffair kibalenational park A range of 60 mammal species thrive in Kibale national Park including; Ichneumon, banded and Marsh Mongooses, African Palm Civet, Ratel (Honey Badger), Alexander’s Cusimanse and Swamp Otter. Other wildlife species that have been recorded in the park but rarely seen include; Golden Cat, Serval cat, Lion, Leopard, Warthog, Giant Hog and Hippopotamus. Animals that tend to like swamp environments like elusive Sitatunga exist in the nearby Bigodi wetland extension and can also be encountered on safari tour in Uganda.

Flora in Kibale forest National Park

Being a prehistoric forest that survived the last ice age, Kibale Forest has got impressive floral diversity that can be encountered while on a safari tour to Uganda. There are 351 species of trees and some of these trees are over 50m tall and are about 200 years old. They are marked by epiphytes, climbers and fern. The luxurious canopy which forms impressive views of the forest and the patches of regenerating vegetation that justify the human settlement in the past centuries form a rich ground where leisure and educational travellers can adjoin their Uganda safari interests.

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Ndali – Kasenda crater lakes in Kibale forest National Park.

 The Ndali – Kasenda Crater lies close to Uganda chimpanzee trekking safari destination of Kibale National Park and is one of the major crater fields that mark the floor of western Uganda. Along with Bunyaruguru, Katwe and Fort Portal crater fields, Ndali – Kasenda crater field stand as series of various explosion crater hollows that were filled by water to form crater lakes. kibale crater lakes ndali kasenda The Ndali – Kasenda Crater is estimated to have come to existence about 10,000 years ago and is comprised of 60 stable and periodic fresh water lakes that are spread across Kasenda, Rwihamba, Rweetera and Kabata area which is 20 – 30 km from Fort Portal, the largest town in the region. The crater lakes in this filled are endowed with unique setting from each other and are crowned by lasting beauty marked by a lush flora and impressive birds, butterflies and monkeys with impressive looks of the mystical mountains of the moon – the Rwenzoris with snowcapped peaks. In addition to the scientific explanation regarding its formation which relates to volcanic processes, the formation of Ndali – Kasenda Crater also has a legendary attachment. The locals have it that Ndahura the famous King of the Bachwezi dug these wells which later turned into lakes when he retired to the area after abdicating the throne to his son Wamala. Regardless of the differences in the theories that explain their formation, the Ndali – Kasenda Crater pose a rich scenic encounters which generates lasting memories for travellers on safari tours in Uganda.